What Makes Me Tick?

Have you ever asked the question what makes me tick?

This can be a pretty daunting question. What does it even mean, ‘to tick’? It’s not the same as feeling happy. It’s deeper, more involved. It’s that thing deep down that inspires and pushes you. It’s the thing that makes you feel really, well, you.

What made Vincent tick?

Fr. Tom McKenna of the Eastern Province of the Congregation of the Mission writes…

Vincent de Paul is surely interesting. Coming from modest means, he wound up mobilizing tens of thousands of people to follow his vision: a world in which the people on the bottom rung of society are singled out, valued, and helped. When the saint died, the preacher at his funeral claimed that he had changed the face of the Church in his time.

Not many people would be described as having changed the face of the Church in their time. So the question of what made Vincent de Paul tick is one worth exploring.

The following 4-minute video offers a possible answer to the question “What Set Vincent’s Heart on Fire?

The text is an excerpt drawn from “A Heart on Fire 400 Years Ago Shaped Our Church Today” which originally  https://cammonline.org/jan25anniversary/ 

Visit the FamVin YouTube channel for the first 4 segments of the video presentation.

Congregation of the Mission: Finding God in the Poor

This month (January 25) we celebrate the anniversary of the founding of the Congregation of the Mission. “The mission” is to save God’s beloved children; to serve the poor both spiritually and materially. As Fr. Anthony Dosen, C.M. humbly explains in this video, “I don’t have all the answers, and how I find God is in the poor.” As Vincentians we know that God works through persons who are poor. This is an invitation to come and follow Christ in them.

This post originaly appeaared on FamVin.

Returning to our roots

In this third video, Father Tomaž Mavrič invites us to make Folleville not just a memory of the past. There Saint Vincent begins to glimpse what will be, to this day, the experience of the charism that remains current and challenging. Folleville is for us today the space for conversion, dedication, selfless service. Four-hundred years later, we are called to say: thank you, M. Vincent!

Video transcription:

Approaching then the church, Vincent saw the church from, at the beginning, far away and then, all of a sudden, he is there in front of the entrance, at the door. What could he have felt coming in, a cold place? It was winter. How many people? Probably he was not really very much interested on how many he will see there. And then, approaching the altar, slowly getting towards the pulpit, experiencing that, that moment, those minutes, seconds getting up the stairs to get to the place from where he started to speak. And, in fact, it was not Vincent any more. It was God. It was Jesus speaking through him. What he felt, so experienced, after his sermon was a miracle. He started to understand that God works through people. He started to understand that one needs to be a tool in God’s hands. And miracles started happening. Conversions started happening, 400 years ago.

But here we are today, looking into our own Folleville. In our Follevilles around the world, we as Vincentian Family, we as followers of the Vincentian charism, are encouraged to, first of all, re-experience that moment again and then share it with the world.

How many people are waiting? How many people are in need of spiritual help, of physical help, material help? We need to take the person as a whole, not just one part, but as a whole. This is what Vincent got to understand. He again understood that Jesus is calling him to take the person who is in need in all its totality. Let’s go to our Follevilles around the world and again revive our own fire, revive the charism within our own, within ourselves and then encourage others to follow in Vincent’s steps, which is the step of Jesus in the gospel. We need to do something beautiful. We are called to do something beautiful for God. And here we are. This year, it’s our beautiful chance and gift to do so.

Video in other languages…

EN: https://youtu.be/KpIWVx830xw

New video series – Father Tomaž Mavrič, CM

Today we begin presenting a new video series with the messages from the Superior General, Tomaž Mavrič, CM. These videos are addressed to the entire Vincentian Family in this Jubilee Year celebrating the 400th anniversary of the birth of our charism, the great inheritance that Saint Vincent de Paul left us.

These three videos place us in the context of today’s world. In addition to being a message for personal reflection, they are a call to take action both personally and as a Vincentian Family. Fr. Tomaž invites us to “Globalize Charity,” to deepen our “vocation,” and to go out “to the peripheries” in the service of those living in poverty as requested by Pope Francis.

We will continue to distribute in eight languages: Spanish, English, French, Portuguese, Slovenian, Slovak, Italian, and Polish, but we also want to disseminate in more local languages. You can follow on the YouTube channel, Facebook, and Twitter.  See below for the links to the videos in the other languages.

The idea and the development of the project comes from Father Luigi Mezzadri, CM, along with Piotr Dziubak, a filmmaker who has made movies and important documentaries. Some titles: De Gasperi-mio padre [De Gasperi – My Father]; Alle periferie del mondo con Giovanni Paolo II [To the Peripheries of the World with John Paul II]; Liszt; Das Fenster zur Welt – 50 Jahre Zweites Vatikanisches Konzil [Window on the World – 50 Years Since the Second Vatican Council].

See their earlier series…

Globalization of Charity in 8 languages

Related project to celebrate the 400th anniversary of the Vincentian Charism …

International Film Festival: an international competition that will focus on the life of Saint Vincent de Paul. Details are not yet available.

Wrap Yourself with Vincent’s Cape • A Video from Fr. Tomaz Mavrič

Wrap Yourself with Vincent’s Cape • A Video from Fr. Tomaz Mavrič

In the second of a series of three videos, Fr Tomaz Mavrič, CM invites us to focus our reflection on three objects that belonged to St. Vincent de Paul: his cape, his hat and his shoes. Today we present the second: his cape. This presentation comes with reflection questions and context provided by famvin.org.

Relics are not “magic” objects … it would be blasphemous to believe that these objects retain some kind of special power. They are indeed privileged memories of a saint: they tell us about his life and his work, and how we are called to continue imitating Jesus Christ, servant of the poor, thanks to the example of these remarkable Christians.

In this second video, Fr. Tomaz Mavrič, CM invites us to contemplate the cape of Saint Vincent with the  eyes of faith:

Fr. Tomaz Mavrič, CM tells us:

Vincent de Paul’s cover, which accompanied him so many years, going around and doing good.

What a sign of complete abandonment, not thinking of oneself, but living his vows, one’s vows to the fullest: poverty, obedience, chastity. Being totally given for the mission and to persevere in the end.

How strongly this cover also speaks to us, this relic. We bow in front of them, in front of it with a prayer for each one of us, for all the members of the Vincentian Family, for new vocations to the priesthood, to the brotherhood, to the consecrated life. Jesus is calling and through the intercession of you, Saint Vincent, we ask for the intercession to keep walking, to make our dream a reality. It was Jesus’s dream. It was your dream, Vincent. It is our wish and our dream today to make this globalization of charity a reality.

Questions for dialogue:

After watching this video together, we can discuss with these suggestions:

  1. What does St. Vincent’s cape suggest us to contemplate?
  2. The cape is a dress that protects from the cold and the external elements, in order to efficiently carry out the mission of service. What are the “capes” we need in the Vincentian Family to continue this mission of service and charity? For example: collaboration, community, prayer, inner life …
  3. Can you think of some commitments (personal and group), concrete and valuable, after contemplating the cape of Saint Vincent?

General presentation of this video series

For us, 2017 is the anniversary year of the charism.  Unlike other founders, Vincent de Paul did not have visions or receive messages from on high.  At two key moments in his life the Holy Spirit surprised Vincent and made him question himself with regard to two different forms of poverty: people are dying of hunger and… people are condemned because they do not know the truths necessary for salvation.  Thus, there was a hunger for the Word and a hunger for food … both of which result in a twofold death: death of the body and death of the soul.  After the failures that occurred during the first decade of his priestly ministry (failures that were revealed in the letter that he wrote to his mother and spoke about an honorable retirement which would allow him to spend the rest of his life with her [cf. CCD:I:15-16]), Vincent began to discover a new meaning in his life as a result of his charitable activity on behalf of the poor.  Folleville and Châtillon were the crossroads where Vincent encountered God.  After those events, Vincent became involved in a mission that gave meaning and direction to his life … and, as members of the Vincentian Family, gives meaning to our lives.

At the beginning of this Holy Year, this Charismatic Year … or perhaps it is better to say at the beginning of this Jubilee Year, Father Tomaž Mavrič, CM, superior general, mindful of the suggestion of an individual confrere (namely, Father Luiggi Mezzadri), decided to continue to communicate with all the members of the Vincentian Family through short video messages that are easily accessible in the various social media. He will begin with some reflections on Vincent’s cape, hat and shoes which from the time of the French Revolution have been preserved in the Mission House in Turin (Italy).  With these relics in his hand Father reminds us that the Vincentian charism touches each one of us in an intimate manner.  We are called to look at the rock from which [we] were hewn, the pit from which [we] were quarried (Isaiah 51:1).  Other messages will follow on other themes and developed in various places: Folleville, Châtillon, Château-l’Eveque, Dax … and other places that have been significant with regard to the mission and charity and that have continued to impact the charism.

Initially these messages will be available in eight languages: Spanish, English, French, Portuguese, Italian, Polish, Slovenian and Slovak … we also want to make these messages available in other languages and dialects.

This work has been entrusted to Piotr Dziubak, a film-maker who has produced various important documentaries, for example, De Gasperi-mio padre; Santo subito.  Alle perferie del mondo con Giovanni Paolo II; Liszt; Das Fenster zur Welt – 50 Jahre Zweites Vatikanisches Konzil.

This work begins today and will continue with short messages that can be developed from the perspective and the experience of the different branches.  In this way we will be able to give witness to the world that the Vincent charism is alive and active.

Video courtesy of CMglobal YouTube Channel, based on an idea by Fr. Luigi Mezzadri, CM, and directed by Piotr Dziubak.

New Superior General tells his life story

Shortly after Fr. Tomaž Mavrič, C.M. was elected 25th Superior General of the Congregation of the Mission during on July 5, 2016, the Congregation of the Mission Office of Communication asked him four questions. This second question was about himself, his life and background. There will be two more questions to come in this series.

A previous video asked his reactions upon being elected.

First reactions of the newly elected Superior General

Fr. Tomaž Mavrič, C.M. was elected 25th Superior General of the Congregation of the Mission during on July 5, 2016. Shortly after the election the Congregation of the Mission Office of Communication asked him some questions. The first question was about his feelings as newly elected Superior General.